VOLUNTEERS at Brent Knoll Emergency Shop are challenging customers to design a logo for their new venture.

Residents in Brent Knoll launched the shop in just ten days when coronavirus hit the UK in March and the store has been trading successfully for three months.

Shortly after the shop’s inception volunteers formed a ‘steering group’ in a bid to create a permanent community shop and Post Office after they both closed.

To make the new community shop a reality volunteers from the steering group contacted the Plunkett Foundation for help.

The charity, which has backed more than 300 rural community shops, helped the group become a Community Benefit Society and now volunteers are on the search for a new logo for the new community shop.

David Sturgess, a member of the steering group, said: “Our village shop closed at the beginning of March, shortly after our Post Office was also closed.” Mr Sturgess said.

“Our community has responded wonderfully to these events,

“We managed to open an emergency shop within ten days of the lockdown being announced, and it continues to trade successfully.

“We are now planning how we can make this a permanent facility, and to be the basis for restoring our village Post Office.”

Submitted designs featuring the shop’s name (Brent Knoll Community Shop), and its tag-line (Local people serving local people) will be displayed for customers to see and cast their votes.

“Sadly, we cannot offer the winner a major prize - but they will be contributing to a successful community venture,” Mr Sturgess added.

“This entire episode has demonstrated how a village community can come together to create something for the community: that is the essence of what our new logo should embody.

Logo designs can be submitted online, via the Community Shop’s Facebook page or delivered to the shop.